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P4 Mobo

By TS | Crazyace · 14 replies
Feb 10, 2002
  1. Im going to purchace a P4 motherboard tommarow, just wondering if anyone has had good luck with the VIA chipset/DDR. I have been doing exstensive research and found them to be slightly faster than the INTEL i845d, but as we know, the Intel chipset is probobly the most stable.. OH ya, and how about that SIS deal?

    Suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274


    You can't go wrong with Intel but just remember that the I845-D doesn't support 333 mhz or PC2700 DDRam but the SiS645 does.

    I haven't really checked out the new VIA chipset for the P4. I think it's the P4X266a. I'll try to find some links on it.
  3. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    u mean doesnt officially support pc2700

    there is a difference
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Well the good thing about the SiS645 is that you can run the memory @ 333 (166) on it without having your P4 FSB running at that speed. I'm not sure if the I845-D supports asynchronous speeds for FSB/MEM...
  6. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    they offer options for that...

    I am just a bit skeptical of SIS.. I mean, INTEL is very solid, but you cannot ignore the speed of the SiS chip or the VIA.. The VIA is kinda held up in court though.. It's a tough.. I am also contiplating between brands ... MSI, ABIT, or ASUS right now...
  7. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Paul, run from MSI. I have a MSI K7 Master and it is nothing but headaches. I would only look at Abit or Asus. Their by far the best of the bunch.

    If I were buying a new mobo and CPU I would have to go with an Intel Northwood and an Intel mobo.

    I have always had great luck with Intel mobo's. They are supported well and very reliable.
  8. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    I have the stuff..
    This is what I got:

    ASUS P4B266
    Intel 1.6 Northwood (sl668)

    My new will be here tommarow, and my DDR wends.. I will let you guys know how it goes, mabey I'll throw up a quick overclock review.. Right after I am done sanding down this INTEL slug (hehe)..
  9. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

    The "REAL" uncleel

    just so happens Ace, this was a good discussion recently on the old forums.

    Everything Hardware
    Motherboard & Mem for P4

    Intel's New "D845BG", P4 w/ DDR support,3396,s%253D1670%2526a%253D14291,00.asp

    SOYO "P4I Fire Dragon", i845D based
    other Soyo's in the Dragon line as well.
  10. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    I need to get some RAM today, I am going to try and grab some PC2700 or PC3000.

    I am pretty excited to see how well the chip overclocks...
  11. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    The force is strong with this one...

    We bought them in at work for workstations for researchers to use. A whole bunch of 1.7 GHz Pentium 4 with 512 MB DDR-SDRAM.

    Experiments that used to take 4.5 hours on a PII-450 128 MB BX Chipset machine now take 20 mins...

    No probs so far.
  12. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    thats sweet///

    i just ordered some OCZ PC3000 ram, so I should have nothing holding me back

    I am hopeing for 2.6ghz

    damn, i am very nervous.. . I have all this stuff here, and no RAM till WED... ahh..
  13. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    I must face him. Alone.

    Last upgrade I (to 1.33 GHz Athlon, 512 MB DDR-SDRAM PC2100) was a lot of eager anticipation. Don't worry it will be worth it.
  14. TS | Crazyace

    TS | Crazyace TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 275

    I really dont have that much invested...

    ocz pc3000=100
    microsoft keybrd/mous=30

    you figure about $500.. I already have a hard drive and ethernet card (3com pci) and geforce gts (need g4 soon)

    I guess u cant really complain, even if I only hit 2.0ghz... But its the whole point..
  15. Ai Hate

    Ai Hate TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Re: I must face him. Alone.

    same here. i everything together (mobo, cpu, vid card) and had to leave it there on the floor for 2 days till i could get the case.
    then i screw everything in and turned it on...
    but then i can't see anything! no RAM check! pressed del but can't get into BIOS! oh no! bad RAM? no, there's no beep whatsoever! what could be wrong!?
    WHY WON'T IT WORK!?!?!?
    but wait....
    where's the monitor?
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